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The Higher Education Bursary is funded by the Government (Ministry of Education) to provide financial assistance to students from the lower to middle income groups. This is part of the Government’s commitment to ensure that no able students are deterred by the cost of post-secondary education due to financial circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Singapore citizens
  • Full-time MOE funded ^Diploma and Degree students
  • Students must be on MOE Tuition Grant (TG)
  • Gross Monthly Household Per-capita Income (PCI) between S$1,101 - S$2,500 or Gross Monthly Household Income (GHI) between S$4,401 - S$10,000 (with effect from AY23/24)
  • Students who are not in receipt of the Higher Education Bursary or Higher Education Community Bursary in the same academic year

^ Sponsored students from the Diploma in Art Teaching and Diploma in Music Teaching are not eligible to apply.

Value of Bursary (with effect from AY23/24)

Household Income Quanta per Academic Year (Diploma) Quanta per Academic Year (Degree)
PCI S$1,101 - S$1,875, or GHI S$4,401 - S$7,500 Tier 1: S$2,000 Tier 1: S$3,250
PCI S$1,876 - S$2,500, or GHI S$7,501 - S$10,000 Tier 2: S$900 Tier 2: S$1,350



  • Gross Household Income (GHI) refers to the total gross monthly income of immediate family members, and non-immediate family members living in the same household.
  • Per-capita income (PCI) refers to gross household income (GHI) divided by number of immediate family members, and non-immediate family members living in the same household.

How to Apply

Application exercises are held thrice per Academic Year in March, August and January.

New students commencing their studies in AY24/25 can apply for the government bursary in conjunction with the AY24/25 NAFA In-house financial awards exercise on the following dates:

Diploma : 19 January – 31 March 2024 (Exercise closed)

Degree : 19 January – 15 May 2024

Dates for subsequent application exercises will be published on StudentNet.

For enquiries, please email Office of Student Care at [email protected] (Financial Aids & Awards Scheme).